Ford Foundation gives Washington Post $500,000 grant for government-accountability reporting

A memo from The Washington Post leadership to staff says the grant of a half-million dollars will allow four new hires. In May, the Ford Foundation granted the Los Angeles Times $1 million to “focus on the Vietnamese, Korean and other immigrant communities, the California prison system, the border region and Brazil.” It was part of an initiative, the Foundation said, to experiment with “new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.”

We are pleased to announce that the Ford Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to The Washington Post to expand its government-accountability reporting at the national and local levels. The grant will be used to fund four new newsroom positions to work on special projects related to money, politics and government. The Foundation’s support enables us to build on one of our central missions, and the terms of the grant give us complete editorial independence.

The one-year grant — with an agreement in principle for two additional years — is part of the Foundation’s Freedom of Expression program, an initiative aimed at promoting journalism in the public interest. This program supports nonprofits, such as ProPublica and National Public Radio, and recently made a grant to the Los Angeles Times. (The Ford Foundation is not connected to the Ford Motor Company.)

Assistant Managing Editor Jeff Leen will supervise the work of this new team, working with editors on other staffs. Its work will augment the work of Jeff’s investigative unit, which remains a centerpiece of The Post’s newsroom.

Marcus, Liz, John, Shirley

Previously: Ford Foundation gives Los Angeles Times $1 million grant

Disclosure: The Poynter Institute is currently a Ford Foundation grantee.

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  • Anonymous

    I admire Henry Ford, and would like to fund a foundation like the Ford Foundation (only smaller), devoted to magnesium health research. Apparently, there are limits to how much stock a non-profit can own of the parent company. Can anyone please tell me what percentage of Ford Motor Company is owned by the Ford Foundation? Please email me at paulmason@MgWater.com

    Thank You
    paulmason@MgWater.com

  • Anonymous

    Will the first thing they report on be Obama giving a major campaign donor half a billion tax dollars in the Solyndra scandal?  I doubt it.  Where were these guys for the last 4 years?

    But I guess a better question to ask is:  Can’t the Washington Post pay it’s own bills?  Why does it have to rely on welfare from the Ford Foundation?

  • Anonymous

    Is the Washington Post a nonprofit organization? shouldn’t they pay taxes for this “gift”, since it is clearly not a grant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martha.cichelli Martha Cichelli

    Fantastic!  This is an essential function the Washington Post has served many times in the past.  We need to have this kind of thing spread.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martha.cichelli Martha Cichelli

    Fantastic!  This is an essential function the Washington Post has served many times in the past.  We need to have this kind of thing spread.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martha.cichelli Martha Cichelli

    Fantastic!  This is an essential function the Washington Post has served many times in the past.  We need to have this kind of thing spread.

  • Anonymous

    Have some respect for the WaPo– they were the ones coming to the defense of your war-loving, torture-supporting butt when it counted, rather than condemning the rest of you mindless Bush supporters as a bunch of idiotic war criminals who don’t belong in civilized society. Instead they give you freaks a bunch of Op-Ed columns and fawning defenses on the editorial page. So be thankful, because they are the voice of the mainstream willing to defend your disgusting belief system “socially acceptable.”

  • Anonymous

    Really, this is the best the Ford Foundation can come up with when it comes to the future of journalism? The Washington Post doesn’t need the money, and there’s little to indicate that the grant would be any sort of “force multiplier” to expand the frontiers of journalism in any appreciable way.

    These grants are pretty small minded.

  • Destroy All Morons!

    pathetic.  the insiders now propping each other up.  karma is a bitch, especially when you’re rich :-)

  • Anonymous

    “High Quality Journalism”   from the post   what a crock

  • Anonymous

    What is this?  Now, we have corporations giving grants to plant news stories?  Notice how the topics are carefully selected liberal causes.  The main-scream media, including the Washington comPost are a corrupt wing of the Democrat party.  They are dying because people realize how dishonest they really are and turn to other sources for the truth.  Good-bye MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, LaTimes, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS  etc etc.  Good riddance. 

  • Anonymous

    How on earth did the Ford foundation ever end up becoming a supporter of communist insurgency?  It made a complete reversal of its original purpose.  That is the way marxists work.  They tell each other they are the smartest people in the room so much that other people start to believe them and the first thing you know.  They really are the smartest people in the room, because they make sure everyone else in the room is either too young or is a moron.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Freemon-Sandlewould/100003255271533 Freemon Sandlewould

    Wow what a laugh!   Best way to improve journalism is to let all the legacy media whither up and die.

  • Anonymous

    This is insane.  The Washington Post is a famous arch-leftist organization that is a complete stooge for this monster Obama.

  • Anonymous

    This is insane.  The Washington Post is a famous arch-leftist organization that is a complete stooge for this monster Obama.

  • Anonymous

    This is insane.  The Washington Post is a famous arch-leftist organization that is a complete stooge for this monster Obama.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t there some “old saw” about putting the fox in charge of the hen house? …and then there is the deniablity of “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.  $500,000 will buy a lot of wool.  ”Trojan horses” also come to mind.   Then there’s “fool me once”….etc. ah, the beat goes on….

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t there some “old saw” about putting the fox in charge of the hen house? …and then there is the deniablity of “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.  $500,000 will buy a lot of wool.  ”Trojan horses” also come to mind.   Then there’s “fool me once”….etc. ah, the beat goes on….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Reynolds/100002502773504 William Reynolds

    I always thought Ford had a better idea.  That $500K will be enough to keep them out of bankruptcy 30 days longer than NewsWeek if they keep up their liberal bias. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OKXVICMRM5G5NOOVWIV2VEFNAA F. Leem

    You know, in any other profession paying money for fellatio would be called “prostitution.”  Here it’s called “new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.” 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-McClatchy/100003838226578 Tim McClatchy

    Sooooooooooooooooooooo
    What R U going to do about it Republicans?
    Remove the left from power or tough

  • Anonymous

    Our family is going to tell local Ford Dealerships the truth that we will not ever more buy a Ford, new or used. unless we hear about these dealerships fighting The Ford Foundation tooth and nail within the Ford Family.  The Ford Foundation has been totally taken over by the  progressive M/Fs, to the point where they feel free to openly give our hard-earned cash to absolute and openly lying MSM propaganda-ridden wings of my former party’s corrupt and plundering leadership.

  • Anonymous

    In other news, Ann Coulter and Thomas Sowell each received a $1 Million dollar grant from the Obama Administration to spearhead an effort to spread understand of Constitutional government in our nations high schools and colleges. 

  • Alohajonny

    God you can’t make this sh!t up

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.schultz.1401 Robert Schultz

    Perhaps if we ever again get a DOJ that will perform the functions it was intended to, we’ll get RICO indictments against the likes of the leftloonie Ford Foundation et al.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003352597797 Bob Jones

    Another donation from the 1% to the 1% to report on how evil the 1% is.  Interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003352597797 Bob Jones

    This article made me literally upchuck my lunch.  This is like giving a drunk $500,000 to provide enhanced security at his favorite bar.  I swear the end is near.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SGTZRJAZEH7IENMZYDZNTIK6KA NOT MICHAEL M

    I can’t believe I am the only person that is mortified we know how many of any color of our fellow Americans there are. We are all Americans. Period. The only reason to know how many is to know their/our location. Very Unamerican in my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/Upintheoaks Oak Tree Lady

    This is fine as long as they give a matching grant to The Media Research Center.

  • Anonymous

    When the Post or any other “news” organization fails, are we then going to see a government bailout like GM.

    As a taxpayer I can’t afford the $250,000 dollar subsidy on each ridiculous electric Volt car, nor the $500 Million dollar debacle that was Solyndra.  

    Are we going to saddle the taxpayers with $100 copies of the Washington Post or The New York Times/Pravda?

    I know, let’s kill three birds with one stone: Let’s create 50,000 make work jobs paying $100,000 a year having illegal aliens delivering whatever propagandist rag the Democratic Party can cook up and deliver it in solar powered Volt’s.  

    A brilliant stimulus plan and it only cost $5 Billion a year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yankee-Doodle-Retrocon/100002221609911 Yankee Doodle Retrocon

    government accountability??  the Washington Post? 

    Really?  Seriously?  LOL!  ROFL!!!

  • Michael Ebner

    We all know you can’t trust the POST…. All the money in the world won’t make them professional. they don’t have reporters….just spinners for dems.   They’re no longer a serious news paper…just a rag bag.

  • Michael Ebner

    We all know you can’t trust the POST…. All the money in the world won’t make them professional. they don’t have reporters….just spinners for dems.   They’re no longer a serious news paper…just a rag bag.

  • Anonymous

    Payoff.  

     

  • Anonymous

    Payoff.  

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Bob/100003526223467 Jim Bob

    Article title should have one word added and read like this, Ford Foundation gives Washington Post $500,000 grant for (Republican) government-accountability reporting…Democrats/Socialist/Communist need not worry about any additional scrutiny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Bob/100003526223467 Jim Bob

    Article title should have one word added and read like this, Ford Foundation gives Washington Post $500,000 grant for (Republican) government-accountability reporting…Democrats/Socialist/Communist need not worry about any additional scrutiny.

  • Anonymous

    Obama has to pay for his liberal media support with tax dollars now? How the might have fallen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fanny.caiazzalogiudice Fanny Caiazza Logiudice

    The media needs a grant to report on government accountability, what a joke!.  Government accountability, does bail out and solyndra sound familiar?  Why has the media not been all over this? 

  • Anonymous

    Any doubt that the media is simply a propganda tool for left wing sociialist causes…the democrats have taken control of the education and communication in america thats where we have to start to take it back…they are indoctrinating kids to become socialist drones

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NCKJWQMSJVSWZECZUWHBJ6VQEQ mnman

    Makes me wonder what “dirt” WaPo dug up on the Ford foundation.

  • Anonymous

    “We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national determination practiced in past centuries.”
    – David Rockefeller, Bilderberg Meeting, June 1991 Baden, Germany

  • Anonymous

     So you think this Government should have the power to decide which nonprofits groups (paid for by donated money that was already taxed when the donors earned it) are good and which are bad?  What causes we can give our money to and which we can’t?

    Maybe its your guy now someone else 4 years later.  No thanks.  We have already gone far enough down the road to being a Banana Republic already.  The less power the government has the better.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMP7KVZDPEKZKWHBGV7N7PMWUQ Duane

    24/7 internet access allows the truth to be discovered, as soon as we can erase the unionized education system, no one will believe the liberals!  Two generations to reverse this scourge……………… 

  • Anonymous

     Although The Ford Foundation is non-profit and tax exempt it is privately and not publicly funded.  They have the freedom to throw their money down a hole like the Washington Post if they want.  

  • Anonymous

    Aren’t they losing money like a sieve?

  • http://cas127.myopenid.com/ cas127

    Here’s some investigative reporting we won’t see – how much in taxes go uncollected due to enormous “nonprofit” foundations and organizations – many of which swing left.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64WBESDSHTBTDAT7TF7F7YPVYI Marc

    Lol…. the washington post and government accountability?

    Don’t you mean COVER UP?

  • Anonymous

    so now, maybe, they can start covering the TRUTH about obama and his corruption

  • Anonymous

    The Washington Post is a private corporation. Why would the Ford Foundation give a private company money. That has to taxable to them. If they don’t take it as income they can’t take employees salaries and benefits as a tax deduction, that they plan to hire.

  • Anonymous

    I was just commenting and debating liberals onanother article about the bloated federal budget. Do you guys really think right now in this fiscal environment our taxes need to be raised so more of this type crap can be paid for with our hard-earned tax funds?

  • Anonymous

    The WASHINGTON POST has its collective lips suction applied to the Administration’s waste chamber..

  • Anonymous

    Interesting that a newspaper – a private, for-profit business – is receiving grants from charitable foundations to essentially do its job. This really blurs the distinction between the news media as intrepid sniffers-out of the truth and the role of a paid spokesman promoting someone’s points of view.

    As though that distinction hadn’t already been completely obliterated.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting that a newspaper – a private, for-profit business – is receiving grants from charitable foundations to essentially do its job. This really blurs the distinction between the news media as intrepid sniffers-out of the truth and the role of a paid spokesman promoting someone’s points of view.

    As though that distinction hadn’t already been completely obliterated.

  • Anonymous

    Then it’ll be NYT’s turn to get a grant for burnishing their spotless record of unbiased journ-O-lism.  They’re all good little turn-takers in that elite circle (jerk).

  • Anonymous

    Then it’ll be NYT’s turn to get a grant for burnishing their spotless record of unbiased journ-O-lism.  They’re all good little turn-takers in that elite circle (jerk).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Carswell/1078011097 Mark Carswell

    How nice.. WPost would not vet the present occupant of the Oval Office in the campaign.  Plus they have been ‘lap dogs’ ever since for the Administration.   Some pay off…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Carswell/1078011097 Mark Carswell

    How nice.. WPost would not vet the present occupant of the Oval Office in the campaign.  Plus they have been ‘lap dogs’ ever since for the Administration.   Some pay off…

  • http://twitter.com/Kevin_byDesign Kevin byDesign

    That (No Strings)  $500K is going to buy a lot of Ford Focus’s for the staff.   

  • http://twitter.com/Kevin_byDesign Kevin byDesign

    That (No Strings)  $500K is going to buy a lot of Ford Focus’s for the staff.   

  • Anonymous

    Many of those Liberal idealogs would work for free.  In fact, recent articles have shown that they treat their young Net staff miserably.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/L6BZ2ZVRI2OD2L2T6FRRLNVSZI John

    But  the Washington Post loves everything about government!  It’s practically a house organ for the Feds.  The grant is aimed at improving what, exactly?  The WaPo’s level of love and devotion, maybe?

    Half a mil’  – wasted.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/L6BZ2ZVRI2OD2L2T6FRRLNVSZI John

    But  the Washington Post loves everything about government!  It’s practically a house organ for the Feds.  The grant is aimed at improving what, exactly?  The WaPo’s level of love and devotion, maybe?

    Half a mil’  – wasted.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BIYRU44UORERJ7PIL53YGVBB4 LC, CPA

    Henry Ford is “spinning” in his grave!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps they can kick back a bit more to their Ombudsman; he’s earned it!

  • Anonymous

    High-quality journ-O-lism doesn’t come cheap, ya know!?!  All of those in-depth investigative reports on Fast & Furious, Rev. Wright, etc…

  • Anonymous

    Talk about throwing good money down a useless rat-hole.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-H-Ahle/100001189991729 Steven H Ahle

    They won’t need a dime of that as long as Obama is president.  They don’t want to expose his incompetence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dparks999 Richard A. Parks

    What a waste of $$$.

  • Anonymous

    Do these private news corporations have to pay tax on these grants?  I know the Ford Foundation is tax exempt but the Post is privately held.  This seems no different than a gift.  I would assume the corporation would have to pay gift taxes on the money?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chugiak-Tea/100003577372707 Chugiak Tea

    Simply ridiculous……. Why are so many tax exempt organizations making “grants” to the liberal support structure?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chugiak-Tea/100003577372707 Chugiak Tea

    Simply ridiculous……. Why are so many tax exempt organizations making “grants” to the liberal support structure?  

  • Anonymous

    They don’t need a grant to improve their journalism.  They need a miracle.

  • Anonymous

    They don’t need a grant to improve their journalism.  They need a miracle.

  • verbusen

    Nice bail out money to prop up the liberal news, Ford Foundation!

  • Anonymous

    Straight up fing bribery should effect tax exempt status.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYMI4LCBAM7PX5457244M3W6BQ Confused

    This is a joke, right?

  • Anonymous

    Henry Ford will be turning over in his grave.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Holland/100000802447858 Dan Holland

    The Ford  Foundation can do better with Henry’s money that these two grants.

  • Anonymous

    Preserve high quality journalism??? Sorry that ship sailed over the past several years as the MSM has given up even the pretense of being unbiased

  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.swift.507 Harry Swift

    What was that old saying, “Ford has a better idea.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N6HYASQI2R44O6U4OZE4L35E5E Jim

    Leftists are such parasites – they never seem to actually produce any goods or services anybody wants to buy, so the democRat losers rely on handouts.

    Greedy losers, all of them.  Way to go, ‘Rats.

    FUBO

  • Anonymous

    Yawn.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see…how many votes for obama will this garner?

    High quality journalism?  Ha ha ha.  We all know it’s to promote the leftist agenda, truth be damned.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see…how many votes for obama will this garner?

    High quality journalism?  Ha ha ha.  We all know it’s to promote the leftist agenda, truth be damned.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see…how many votes for obama will this garner?

    High quality journalism?  Ha ha ha.  We all know it’s to promote the leftist agenda, truth be damned.

  • Anonymous

    everyone please watch idiocracy… it is what we have to prepare for…..

  • Anonymous

    everyone please watch idiocracy… it is what we have to prepare for…..

  • Anonymous

    everyone please watch idiocracy… it is what we have to prepare for…..

  • Anonymous

    Henry Ford would turn over in his grave if he knew what his philanthropy hath wrought.

  • http://www.fatboy.cc Teddy Kennedy’s SEARCH+RESCUE

    Somehow, THE WASHINGTON POST Investigative Unit, totally missed what happened 20+ years ago, right there in DC. Senators Kennedy and Dodd invented the “WAITRESS SANDWICH” at La Brasserie and yet this assault went unreported in the paper.

    I’m sure it was do to the lack of resources required to walk down the street and talk to the victim and witnesses.

  • bdavis33157

    What nonsense!

    Would the Ford Foundation give money to Rush Limbaugh? Why not?  There’s no difference between WAPO and Limbaugh -  well acutally there is a difference: Limbaugh is honest about his biases and WAPO is a bunch of hypocritical fabricators.

    This is how the liberals save the newspapers so that they can continue their propaganda machine. Disgusting – the people at the Ford Foundation should be ashamed of themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Uberti/100000900450639 Jim Uberti

    The Liberal infestation is everywhere!!!!!!!

  • Kra kar

    Ford Foundation could have wasted $1million on WaPo and seen no return on its charitable investment.

    F WaPo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RNN5NIJWAD7STVQQSURACOEZFY bdc

    crony state media….

  • Anonymous

    “The grant will be used to fund four new newsroom positions to work on special projects related to money, politics and government.”
    About how long will $500,000 pay for 4 new positions?

  • Anonymous

    That spinning noise you hear is Henry Ford Sr. in his grave. This foundation has gone so far outside Ford’s philosophy that the name is a true misnomer in the truest sense of the word. 

  • http://twitter.com/dferg David Ferguson

    Congrats!  Here’s something that the Wash Post can hold the government accountable for:

    The Federal Government would incur $500,000 worth of debt in less than 14 seconds.

    Olympic class spending.  In fact, A NEW WORLD RECORD!

  • http://thoreauhd.myid.net/ ThoreauHD

    It’s like giving a grant to Dr. Kevorkian so he can save more people’s lives.  Nice shot man.

  • Anonymous

    So, if I’m understanding this correctly, the Ford Foundation is subsidizing the salaries of four journalists at the WaPo, and that’s supposed to lead to “freedom of expression” and “journalism in the public interest?” Why wouldn’t WaPo just hire four on it’s own? Does anyone believe that the Ford Foundation won’t have some degree of editorial influence? 

  • http://twitter.com/CrushTheLeft Rules4FreeRadicals

    In other news, 1957 Pravda receives 500,000 ruble grant for investigative honesty and unbiased reporting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

  • http://twitter.com/RoqPlanas Roque Planas

    What happens when the grant ends?

  • Anonymous

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “10 Times Worse Than Watergate; Biggest Media Blackout In History.”

    I’m guessing the 500k won’t be used to expose the ILLEGAL Kenyan Occupier of 1600.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s 500k to increase liberal reporting…. keep the news fair….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGK2CIMGM36KWBYNDY6C2XWFZI darrylsee

    But whose gonna keep an eye on the Washington Post to make sure it has some sort of accountability to the truth?

  • Chris Ar

    Jeez, this is blatant “corporate media” stuff. Where’s the liberal outcty? “”crickets”"

  • http://www.facebook.com/lelandwi11iams Leland Williams Jr.

    Ford Foundation is traditionally liberal.  Should of spent the money getting Romney Elected.